Perl file manager

The Perl file manager is Funnelback’s legacy file manager and is being phased out. Most files are now managed using the configuration file manager, which also provides the ability to mount your Funnelback instance using a WebDAV client.

The Perl file manager is a web-based interface to manage a subset of configuration files for search packages, data sources and results page. You can:

  • edit files, and keep a backup of the original;

  • download files from the Funnelback server to your workstation;

  • delete selected files;

  • restore backup files to their original name;

  • upload files from your workstation to the Funnelback server;

Managing search package configuration files

  1. Open the search package configuration screen and select Perl file manager from the settings options to open up the file manager.

Managing data source configuration files

  1. Open the data source configuration screen and select Perl file manager from the settings options to open up the file manager.

Managing results page configuration files

  1. Open the results page configuration screen and select Perl file manager from the settings options to open up the file manager.

File manager

The file-manager page for a sample data source looks like the following:

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Editing files

The first column of the panel is the names of the files that you can manage. If the name is a link, then this leads to the file editing page for that file.

Deleting files

If you have delete permissions, the delete link will delete the configuration file. Note that several files can never be deleted, for example the collection.cfg file.

Restoring files

Clicking on the restore link will rename a backup file to its original name, replacing the existing file with the previous copy.

Downloading files

If you have download permission, the download link will download the file from the Funnelback server to your workstation.

File Information

The last column in the file manager table displays the last modified date for each file and its size.

Presentation files

Files relating to results pages can be accessed via Customise > Edit Result Templates from the Funnelback administration home page.

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Live

Files that are currently live

Preview

Files that can be edited and previewed without affecting the live files.

The "preview" files will need to be published to move into the "live" area.

Creating new files

There are a number of optional configuration files in Funnelback that can be created if they are needed. They are listed in the "Create" drop down menu. Some example files:

external_metadata.cfg

The configuration file for external metadata.

template.xsl

the XSLT file for transforming XML-based data, such as database data sources.

Backup files

When you save a change to a configuration file, Funnelback will automatically create a backup file (unless you deselect the save backup file option). This will create a backup of the file with the timestamp appended to the file name.

Back files can be restored from the file manager if your user has permission.

Uploading files

If you have upload permission, you will see an upload button:

File-manager-upload.png

To upload a file:

  1. Click choose file to select the (local) file on your computer;

  2. Click the upload button.

The file will be transferred from your computer to the Funnelback server.